Spotify Premium for Students Launches in 33 New Countries

Spotify is debuting Spotify Premium for Students in 33 new countries around the world. Spotify Premium for Students allows all registered students to enjoy Spotify Premium – and all of the many benefits that come with being a Premium subscriber – for around half the standard price.

Today’s launch of Spotify Premium for Students means that university students in 33 new countries around the world are now able to to purchase Spotify Premium for half price. The offer is open to students for every year of their student life, and is available immediately from today. Continue reading Spotify Premium for Students Launches in 33 New Countries

Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review for April 10 – April 14.

Monday: The Power of the Playlist; Does the Music Industry Need a Blockchain?

Tuesday: Pandora Is Thinking Out of the Box; Why Spotify’s IPO-less IPO is a Smart Idea

Wednesday: It’s Time to End the Stigma Over Streaming Music; Why Collection Societies Want to Make Music Together

ThursdayWhen Artists Don’t Stream; Spotify + Apple Watch; Streaming to Overtake Physical Music Sales in the UK

Friday: Gene Simmons, Not Down with Streaming; Bittunes; Blockchain; NetEase; TuneCore; Deezer’s New App

 

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Saavn Added to Unlimited Music

Saavn is being added to the list of music streaming apps included in Videotron’s Unlimited Music service as of today, bringing the total number of supported apps to 19.

Saavn is South Asia’s leading audio entertainment streaming platform that features Bollywood, Hindi and Indian regional music.

Unlimited Music lets Videotron customers stream music using popular music apps such as Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Deezer and Stingray Music without using up any of their data plan.

“Saavn enriches Unlimited Music‘s offerings, opening up a whole new world of music,” said Bertrand Hébert, Vice President, Marketing of Videotron. “We are pleased to bring our customers an ever-expanding musical selection thanks to agreements such the one we have just signed with Saavn.”

“We are constantly innovating for our consumers and this partnership with Videotron allows us to reach out to their wide network with our content offerings and large music library.” said Gairik Bhattacharya, VP of Carrier Partnerships at Saavn. “We hope listening to Saavn will enhance and elevate the experience for users in Canada.” he added.

Unlimited Music is available across Videotron’s LTE network, which covers nearly 90% of Québec’s population and supports speeds of up to 150 Mbps. It is a free service for all subscribers to a Premium mobile plan.

Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review for April 3 – April 7.

Monday: The Music Streaming Challenge; Where Does the U.S. Music Business Go From Here?

Tuesday: How Significant Is the Music Industry’s Rebound?

Wednesday: All the Spotify News!; Has Music Streaming Killed the Instrumental Intro?

Thursday: Free Streaming Gravy Train Ending; Spotify Testing Lossless Audio

Friday: The Beginning Of The End For Free Music Streaming? AI + Streaming

 

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Streaming is Making More Money than Music Downloads Ever Did

It’s a scenario Steve Jobs thought would never materialize.

Streaming platforms in the US market are now generating more annual cash from music than digital download services like iTunes ever did.

According to RIAA data analyzed by Music Business Worldwide, the peak of download retail sales in the US market (inclusive of ringtones, music videos, ‘kiosk’ and other digital sales) came in 2012, when they topped $3bn at $3.02bn.

Read Article: MBW

Spotify and Universal Strike Right Chord

Cue the singing angels. After interminable wrangling, the world’s biggest music label and the world’s biggest streaming service have agreed on new contract.

That Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and Spotify Ltd. overcame the acrimony bodes well for both.

The deal includes key compromises on both sides: Universal Music has agreed to accept a lower royalty rate for each song than it received under the old contract, but only if Spotify hits certain targets on increasing its paying subscriber base.

Neither company disclosed exact figures, but suffice it to say that if Spotify lures more customers it will pay less than the current rate of roughly 55 percent.

Read Article: Bloomberg Gadfly

Drake’s More Life is the New Normal in Streaming

Released over the weekend after much delay, Drake’s More Life project is setting records across the board on streaming platforms. The Canadian artist described More Life as ‘a body of work bridging the gap between major releases’ and positioned the release as neither a mixtape nor an album, but rather ‘a playlist’.

This, however, did not stop the release claiming Ed Sheeran’s record for the best one day streams for any artist: 76,355,041, compared with Sheeran’s total of 68,695,172 following the release of Divide.

Read Article: midia